Bad governance is broadly recognized as a root cause of poverty, often equated with global trends such as climate change or the youth bulge as a force able to rapidly undo development efforts or fuel conflict. On the other hand, governance success has the potential to quickly leverage and sustain development gains.
Governance is a powerful component of integrated programming for Mercy Corps. Since, at its core, governance is about decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented, its influence cross-cuts all sectors and locations of relief and development programming. Mercy Corps believes that each country needs to decide its own economic and social priorities with leadership from government, in partnership with and accountable to the people who live in the country. Individuals, institutions and organizations within the public, private and civil society arenas need to be strong, accountable and participatory. In this way, good governance is not an end in itself, but rather a means to building and sustaining secure, productive and just communities.
Mercy Corps believes that partnership is critical to achieving deep impact, sustainability, and amplifying reach. We collaborate with a diverse range of partner agencies and institutions at all levels of the public, private and civil society sectors to address the global challenges that drive our work. Read more about our Governance Approach and work in the resources below.
All stories about Good Governance
ADAPTing Aid: Lessons from Six Case Studies
In 2015 the IRC and Mercy Corps joined forces to launch ADAPT (Analysis Driven Agile Programming Techniques) to research, innovate and field test adaptive management techniques for the sector.
Iraq: Investing in Iraq’s Peace: How Good Governance Can Diminish Support for Violent Extremism
According to new Mercy Corps research, the success of armed groups in Iraq
Pathways from Peace to Resilience
Evidence from the Greater Horn of Africa on the Links between Conflict Management and Resilience to Food Security Shocks
Jordan, Syria: From Jordan to Jihad: The Lure of Syria’s Violent Extremist Groups
Mercy Corps research seeks to better understand what drives Jordanians to fight in order to influence evolving policy and programming seeking to mitigate violence and promote stability.
Jordan, Syria: Seeking Stability: Evidence on Strategies for Reducing Risk of Conflict in Northern Jordanian Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees
Despite the heightened attention to conflict in Jordan stemming from the Syrian refugee crisis, little evidence exists on which interventions are effective in mitigating the risk of violence and fu
Iraq: Beyond Humanitarian Relief: Strengthening the Foundation for a More Stable Iraq
This policy brief outlines the need for for a holistic approach to assistance in Iraq that addresses needs throughout the country through work with grassroots organizations and local stakeholders to move toward citizen-government engagement.
Mercy Corps' Governance Approach
We seek to facilitate a greater role for civil society and communities in governance while addressing the balance between bottom-up and top-down approaches and closely aligning with other organizations’ efforts to build government institutional capacity.
Uganda: Navigating complexity: Adaptive management in the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health & Governance program
Development actors increasing agree that managing programs adaptively – especially complex interventions – can improve their effectiveness. But what does adaptive management look like in practice?
Myanmar: Visibility versus Vulnerability
The change taking place in Myanmar has brought new complexities that require an integrated analysis of how economic and political vulnerabilities are tied to instability.
Myanmar: Socio-Economic Analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar
In March - June 2013, a consortium involving Mercy Corps and four other INGO and NGO partners conducted a socio-economic analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar with funding from the European Union.